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Iran Puts $80M Bounty on Trump's Head for Soleimani Hit
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Iran Nuclear Deal: Other Democrat and RINO Senators Bribed By Iran, Including Gillibrand
[TGP] In May 2018 President Trump withdrew from the sham Iranian nuclear deal...

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari reportedly warned Western officials in May 2018 that if they do not put pressure on the Trump administration the Iranian regime would leak the names of all Western officials who were bribed to pass the weak deal.
Please do. With proof, so that we can prosecute them more easily.
Posted by: Fairbanks || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Amanpour One Out For Muh Dog Soleimani
[NewsBusters] Taqquiyah sleeper Christiane’s gettin' upset!

Posted by: charger || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  I remember her from the Kosovo "war". Interviewing muzz who says "Yes, yes. Serbs killed everyone in our village." While a bunch of his co-villagers in the background (a few hundred) nod "yes, yes they did - not a single person survived"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/05/2020 4:42 Comments || Top||

#2  She sure has tuned into one tired old slapper. This time next year she'll look like Meddling Halfbright.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 8:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Who?
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 10:58 Comments || Top||


Video game firm is slammed as 'beyond disgusting' for using US drone strike to promote its war simulator
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Conflict of Nations: World War 3 tweeted: 'Iran starting World War Three?'

  • Added: 'Simulate any WWIII scenario you can think of in Conflict of Nations now!'

  • Advert appears to refer to American drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Same bitch about GTA. Another "let's emasculate them geek and nerd boys".
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/05/2020 2:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Never played Conflict of Nations, but being able to game war scenarios is often quite educational. Maybe the USN will let us borrow their copy of Harpoon.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/05/2020 12:05 Comments || Top||

#3  This quote and the news coverage make it sound like the game publisher's PR campaign is working
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 13:08 Comments || Top||

#4  One of the most educational scenarios in Harpoon for me was one in the Malacca Straits. Used to NATO/Soviet scenarios I launched a spread of Harpoons on radar mode to suppress the pirates ... five(+) sunk small merchant freighters (Ooops!) reminded me why we need more small combatants to do those necessary but trivial jobs around the world.
Posted by: magpie || 01/05/2020 13:37 Comments || Top||


Britain
Khan’s London: Murder Rate Reaches Decade High as Knife Killings Surge
[Breitbart] The number of people murdered in London has reached its highest level in a decade under the leadership of Mayor Sadiq Khan, with 149 people losing their lives in 2019.

The homicide rate in London last year was the highest since 2008 when 154 people were killed in the capital and ten per cent higher than in 2018 when 135 people were murdered. The majority of victims were stabbed to death, with 90 people being killed by knives, up from 55 in 2014.

Gang-related murders have risen sharply during the mayoralty of Sadiq Khan, with 42 people dying in gang-related crimes, more than double that of 2014 when 17 people died in gang crimes, reports The Guardian.
And what is gang code for in Britain and Europe, dear Reader? If only it weren’t illegal in Merrie Olde Britain to defend oneself and one’s home with disproportionate force against attack...
In 2018, Mayor Sadiq Khan launched a £500,000 "violent crime unit" in response to the knife crime epidemic sweeping over the city. The founder of Anti-Knife UK, Danny O’Brien, said that the mayor’s response was inadequate to deal with the problem.

"He’s said that he’s going to try and save the problem but in reality, he hasn’t got a clue what to do. He starts something, throws money at the problem but doesn’t know what the problem is," O’Brien said.

A front man for the Metropolitan Police Service said in response to the surge in knife crime that "tackling violence that involves knife crime is the number one priority" for the police.

"Stop and search and the use of Section 60 remains an important power in tackling knife crime and protecting the public. This means that following a stabbing, further retaliatory incidents are prevented saving further violence," the front man told The Sun.

"In 2018, it resulted in more than 4,200 arrests for weapon possession alone. Every one of those weapons seized potentially means one less violent incident, injury or death," the front man added.

The surge in knife crime and murders will be a top issue in the upcoming London mayoral election, in which Sadiq Khan will be seeking to win a second term.
May the citizenry give up their romantic notions, voting for someone who allows them to defend themselves instead of the slick Muslim-firster.
Shaun Bailey, a Conservative Party candidate, blamed Sadiq Khan for the violent crime wave in the city.

"An extremely violent end to the year in London. Sadly, 2019 will be remembered as a year of crime and fear for Londoners. In the mayoral campaign my focus will be on making London a safer place, things can’t carry on as they are. We need a change in City Hall," wrote Bailey.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 06:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  You've got a Pakistainer as a Mayor, what else do you expect ? If for diversity's sake you had an Indian as a mayor, there'd be singing and dancing and a lot of holidays. But you've got a muslim Paki, so you have hostility and stabbings and rape of minors. How hard can it be to understand ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/05/2020 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Let's look on the bright side, people. Gun deaths are way down. That has to count for something, however meaningless, right?

An analytical nerd might wonder if there were some motivation, something beyond the mere physical presence of an object that was causing people to murder their fellow citizens. If this were true, then murder weapons are, in a sense, fungible and getting rid of one category only leads people on to the next available substitute.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/05/2020 13:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Dron, that's hilarious!!!!!!
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 01/05/2020 13:19 Comments || Top||


Muslim population of England passes the three million mark for the first time as the numbers of Christians continues to decline, figures reveal
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  How many of those Muslims are Muslims by faith, I have a friend, a Muslim who got married in a church.
Posted by: BernardZ || 01/05/2020 6:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Fair point. Let's say only 80% are "muslims by faith." The % of Christians who are "Christians by faith" in Britain and Europe today is minuscule - prob'y less than 10%.

Which means that the actual number of believing Muslims in Britain (and France and Germany and maybe Spain as well) is close to if not greater than the actual number of believing Christians.

Tipping point approaching...
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 13:12 Comments || Top||

#3  ^I understand non-believing Christians, especially British ones, can be pretty mean sons o' bitches.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/05/2020 13:48 Comments || Top||


Cyber
Iranian hackers deface US government library website
[Jpost] Hackers claiming to be from Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
posted a pro-Iranian message and a bloodied image of US president Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
being punched in the face.

Hackers claiming to be from Iran defaced the website of the US Federal Depository Library Program, placing a pro-Iranian message on it as well as a bloodied image of US president Donald Trump being punched in the face, according to a report released by CBS news.

Written in both Farsi and English, the message said that "martyrdom was [Soleimani’s]... reward for years of implacable efforts," with another caption noting that "this is only small part of Iran’s cyber ability!"

A spokesperson from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a section of the US Department of Homeland Security, acknowledged that the hack took place.

"We are aware the website of the Federal Depository Library Program [FDLP] was defaced with pro-Iranian, anti-US messaging," the spokesperson said in a statement. "At this time, there is no confirmation that this was the action of Iranian state-sponsored actors. The website was taken offline and is no longer accessible. CISA [the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency] is monitoring the situation with FDLP and our federal partners."

Another senior US official noted that the defacement is a small-time event that was likely carried out by Iranian sympathizers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 07:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  The Library? That's the toughest target you could hack? Try Experian next time, it's easier.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/05/2020 9:15 Comments || Top||

#2  "She canna take much more o this, captain!"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 9:56 Comments || Top||

#3  The vaunted Iranian Hacker Brigade, defacing a website of the library. This is the equivalent of me & my older brother lighting a bag of dogshit on Mr. Pulaski's doorstep and laugh our asses off when he starts stepping on it to put it out and then realizing what was in the bag is now all over his shoes.
Posted by: Raj || 01/05/2020 10:17 Comments || Top||

#4  More like throwing 1/20th of a roll of single-ply toilet paper on Mr Pulaski's rose bush and soaping his window
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Very hurtful!
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

#6  And so it begins. Look for the next level of escalation to be Iranian sleeper agents peeing on fire hydrants and discarding shawarma wrappers on the sidewalk.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/05/2020 13:30 Comments || Top||

#7  lol that webserver was probably running Windows NT
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 01/05/2020 16:32 Comments || Top||

#8  I KNEW it was you, Raj
Posted by: Mr. Pulaski || 01/05/2020 17:28 Comments || Top||


Europe
Deadly knife attack near Paris being treated as terror-related
[IsraelTimes] Prosecutor says attacker yelled ’holy shit! Allahu akbar’ multiple times during assault, had psychiatric history; police say books on Islam were found in his bag.

French prosecutors have said a knife attack on Friday that left one man dead and two women injured in a park in the Gay Paree area is being treated as terror-related.
That would be dear little Nathan C., 22, psychiatric frequent flyer, who ran amok with a knife and a fake suicide vest in the Hautes-Bruyères park for a few minutes before the brave local coppers shot him dead...
In a statement Saturday, they said investigations over the past few hours revealed that the assailant, who was rubbed out by police, had been radicalized and had prepared the attack in Villejuif, in the southern suburbs of Gay Paree.

They said their investigations now justify a probe into "murder and attempted murder in relation to a terrorist undertaking."

Earlier Saturday, Creteil prosecutor Laure Beccuau described the assailant as a 22-year-old man with a long and serious psychiatric history.

Speaking at a news conference, she said he had converted to Islam between May and July 2019 and that he shouted "holy shit! Allahu akbar" ‐ "God is great" in Arabic ‐ several times during the attack.

She added that Sherlocks are also looking into the assailant’s phone calls and computer equipment. No accomplice has been identified.

Philippe Bugeaud, deputy director of the judicial police, said a letter ‐ details of which were not revealed ‐ and several books about Islam were found in the assailant’s bag, including some about Salafism, widely considered to be a strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.

Two women injured in the attack have left the hospital.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  police say books on Islam were found in his bag.

When there's a shortage of toilet paper...
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/05/2020 10:37 Comments || Top||


Europe: Anti-Christian Attacks Reach All-Time High in 2019
A very, very long list of anti-Christian attacks can be seen at the link, organized in appendices by type, country, and official comments at the time. Darth Bolton hits the ground running as the new head of Gatestone.
[GatestoneInstitute] Anti-Christian hostility is sweeping across Western Europe, where, during 2019, Christian churches and symbols were deliberately attacked day after day.

Gatestone Institute reviewed thousands of newspaper reports, police blotters, parliamentary inquiries, social media posts and specialized blogs from Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain. The research shows (see appendices below) that roughly 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries and monuments were vandalized, looted or defaced in Europe during 2019 — which is on track to becoming a record year for anti-Christian sacrilege on the continent.

Violence against Christian sites is most widespread in France, where churches, schools, cemeteries and monuments are being vandalized, desecrated and burned at an average rate of three per day, according to government statistics. In Germany, attacks against Christian churches are occurring at an average rate of two per day, according to police blotters.

Attacks on Christian churches and symbols are also commonplace in Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Spain. The attacks overwhelmingly involve Roman Catholic sites and symbols, although in Germany, Protestant churches are also being targeted.

The perpetrators of anti-Christian attacks — which include acts of arson, defecation, desecration, looting, mockery, profanation, Satanism, theft, urination and vandalism — are rarely caught. When they are, police and media often censor information about their identities and ethnic backgrounds. Many suspects are said to have mental disorders; as a result, many anti-Christian attacks are not categorized as hate crimes.

In France and Germany, the spike in anti-Christian attacks dovetails with the recent mass immigration from the Muslim world. The lack of official statistics on perpetrators and motives makes it impossible to know precisely how many attacks can be attributed to Muslim anti-Christianism or the jihadist cause.

In Spain, by contrast, attacks against churches and crosses are overwhelmingly carried out by anarchists, radical feminists and other far-left activists, who appear to be striving for Christianity to be permanently removed from the public square.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Not enough Jews?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/05/2020 4:44 Comments || Top||

#2  It's the demonic horde of Ba'al. Of course it's attacking Jews and Christians. The historic perspective that exposes the truth of the devil is the basis for both peoples. Atheists and satanists in world governments have opened their gates to the devourer.

It's not muslims vs jews/christians. It's the armies of the devil consolidating his dominion on the world, seeking to devour the remnant of God's family. That alone explains the liberal psychotic love affair with islam.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/05/2020 7:23 Comments || Top||

#3  A bigger richer target environment than the usual focus, even though in noticeable decline.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/05/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Thanks for posting that, tw
Posted by: Matt || 01/05/2020 11:05 Comments || Top||

#5  You are very welcome, Matt. I wish I had the energy to do weekly round-ups on the subject like I used to, but I don’t. So this kind of thing will have to suffice until someone volunteers to take it on.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 13:03 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
Tears from PajamaBoy ex-Foreign Policy Guru Ben Rhodes: NYT Ain't Our Echo Chamber Anymore
[Breitbart] Ben Rhodes, the former national security aide to President Barack Obama who created the notorious “echo chamber” to spread fake news about the Iran deal, complained on Saturday that the media was not critical enough of President Donald Trump’s airstrike against Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week.

Rhodes retweeted a complaint about a New York Times article on Friday whose headline declared, “Trump Says He Ordered Killing of Iranian to Prevent New Attack on Americans.”

The headline did not vouch for the truth, or otherwise, of Trump’s claim, merely reporting that he had made it.

Ironically, Rhodes once admitted creating what he called an “echo chamber” to sell the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran to the American public.

Contrary to what many experts — including in the administration itself — had been led to believe by the “echo chamber,” the deal did not stop Iran from eventually developing a nuclear weapon, nor did it preclude Iran from ballistic missile development.

Iran also benefited from gaining access to up to $150 billion in previously frozen assets, plus nearly $2 billion in cash flown in the dead of night on cargo pallets to secure the release of Americans effectively being held as hostages. Moreover, as a trove of hidden documents uncovered by Israeli spies in Iran revealed, Iran had no intention of abandoning its nuclear program.

Curiously, the Times headline on the article Rhodes complained about has apparently been changed to: “U.S. and Iran Exchange More Threats as Democrats Question Timing of Strike.”
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 13:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Well, PajamaBoy got the Times editors' to change the headline eventually.

These people are without shame. Deluded as well.
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 15:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Creative writing plus Peter Principle. He oughta be in Levin prison as an exchange
Posted by: Frank G || 01/05/2020 17:27 Comments || Top||


Mole Hunt: Who from Obama's NSC Leftovers tipped off Soros-Koch Pro-Iran NYT OpEd Writer Steven Simon?
[Twitter - NYT] Hypersonic Missiles Are a Game Changer

No existing defenses can stop such weapons — which is why everyone wants them.

Jay Walker
@JayWalk00787750
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21h
Replying to
@nytopinion
and
@QuincyInst
Is there any doubt that there is a leaker providing classified information to the New York Times on a regular basis. I find these repeated leaks to be both concerning & disgusting. It’s happening regularly during these troubling times !!!
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Steven Simon, recently hired by the Soros-Koch pro-Iran vehicle called the Quisling Quincy Institute, described to a 'T' the strike on Suleimani in an OpEd published the morning of the attack.

Which weaselblower NSC Obama official tipped him off?
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 11:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Is Ciaramella still employed by NSC?
Or was it s.o. else?
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 15:47 Comments || Top||

#3  8 years of salting the rank and file and senior civil service and even military with sycophants and fellow travelers. Harsh things need to be done to careers and allied players.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/05/2020 18:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Time to clean house.
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 21:05 Comments || Top||

#5  F'n way well bloody past time.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 21:06 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey: Nearly 100,000 unregistered Syrians removed from Istanbul
[DW] The move is part of a controversial government policy to relocate Syrians from Turkey’s largest city. Some were sent to refugee camps outside Istanbul, while NGOs claim that some were deported to conflict zones in Syria.

The move is part of a controversial government policy to relocate Syrians from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
's largest city. Some were sent to refugee camps outside Istanbul, while NGOs claim that some were deported to conflict zones in Syria.

More than 97,000 Syrians left Istanbul in 2019 as part of the government's controversial resettlement plan, the city's governor said on Saturday.

The move targets Syrians who were first registered in other parts of the country, with experts estimating that 300,000 Syrians living in Istanbul could be affected by the plan.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said that a further 37,582 "irregular migrants colonists" were deported from Istanbul in 2019, reported Ottoman Turkish news agency Anadolu.

The report did not state the nationalities of the migrants colonists who were deported or where they were sent to.

The Istanbul governor's office earlier said that Syrians who were not registered in Istanbul were sent to refugee camps outside the city.

CONTROVERSIAL REMOVALS
Ottoman Turkish authorities have been removing unregistered Syrians from Istanbul since July last year in response to public dissent and growing economic problems.

Human rights groups and NGOs have been particularly critical of Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
's plan, claiming that some of the Syrians were deported back to conflict zones in Syria.

The government has denied the deportations.

An estimated 3.6 million Syrian refugees have been granted temporary protection in Turkey, with more than 500,000 Syrians officially registered in Istanbul alone.

Under a refugee deal struck with the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union in 2016, Turkey agreed to actively stop Syrian refugees from attempting to enter Europe in exchange for billions of euros in aid from the EU.

Turkey has since said it wants to renegotiate the deal in light of the rising refugee numbers and has threatened to allow asylum-seekers to undergo the dangerous journey to the EU.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  In boxcars on trains?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/05/2020 16:56 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Trump defends Soleimani killing in formal notice to Congress, warns Iran against retaliation
[Yahoo] President Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
on Saturday gave Congress a defense of his decision to kill an Iranian general, even as he warned Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
the U.S. would strike them again if they retaliate for the drone attack that has drawn protests in the United States and threats of Dire Revenge from Iran.

"Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites" and they "WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD," Trump tweeted. "The USA wants no more threats!"

As Trump tweeted his own threat, his administration submitted a document required under the War Powers Act of 1973, which requires formal notification to Congress within 48 hours of military-style action.

Three government officials confirmed that the notice was delivered late Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
because the still-secret document is classified. A senior Democratic aide told USA TODAY it was unclear if the White House would release an unclassified version.

The White House has said the strike was legally justified because Iran Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani's organization had been declared turbans and carried out a number of attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq. Trump and other officials have also argued that Soleimani was planning future attacks on U.S. interests in the region.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Major U.S. Cities Ramp up Security to Prepare For Potential Iran-Backed Attacks
[SummitNews] NYPD & LAPD monitoring developments.

Authorities in major U.S. cities are monitoring developments and ramping up security in preparation for any potential Iranian-backed terror attacks following the killing of Iran’s Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani.

"With New York and Los Angeles preparing for possible terrorist attacks in response to the killing of Soleimani, other major metro areas will likely follow suit," reported Zero Hedge. "The world has entered uncharted waters on the third day of 2020. Anything ‐ including a major attack on US soil ‐ seems possible at the moment."

It is a widely acknowledged fact that Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
has Hezbollah sleeper cells embedded in the west ready to carry out retaliatory attacks.

Last year, the London Telegraph reported on how British intelligence services "believe Iran has organized and funded sleeper terror cells across Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
including the U.K. and could greenlight attacks in response to a conflict in the Gulf."
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  With New York and Los Angeles preparing for possible terrorist attacks

What? Not Detroit?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/05/2020 10:41 Comments || Top||


Trump Tweet that has unhinged both the mullahs and the Dems and Europe
[BBC] US 'targeting' 52 Iranian sites if Tehran attacks
President Trump responds to Iran’s threat to hit 35 American targets in the region plus Tel Aviv and, as is the way of his people, ups the ante.
President Trump has warned the US is "targeting" 52 Iranian sites and will strike "very fast and very hard" if Tehran hits Americans or US assets.

His comments followed the US assassination of Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, in a drone strike.

Iran has vowed to avenge his killing.

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that Iran "is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets" in response to the general's death.

He said the US has identified 52 Iranian sites, some "at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD" if Tehran strikes the US.

"The USA wants no more threats!" Trump added.

The president said the 52 targets represented the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for more than a year from late 1979, after they were seized at the US embassy in Tehran.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What does an unhinged mullah or liberal look like? Normal perhaps?
Posted by: gorb || 01/05/2020 1:43 Comments || Top||

#2  WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD

Why that is so Jacksonian of him. the problem is that the foreigners and their intel people read American MSM and thus have no understanding of the man. Notice the man does what he says he'll do.

BTW, this is not just a message for Tehran, but also Pyongyang. Are you paying attention?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/05/2020 2:54 Comments || Top||

#3  They don't understand Jacksonians anyway.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/05/2020 5:12 Comments || Top||

#4  I think he's the beginning of a new standard of President in fact. I look forward to the times when certain leaders of nation states shall be called 'Trumpian'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/05/2020 8:17 Comments || Top||

#5  The president said the 52 targets represented the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for more than a year from late 1979, after they were seized at the US embassy in Tehran.

Gotta love the symbolism of that!
Be fascinating to see the target list. Obvious ones are power plants, refineries and some mil bases. The mention of cultural sites is unusual.

the problem is that the foreigners and their intel people read American MSM and thus have no understanding of the man.

Yeah, certainly a problem for the man on the street. I wonder if any foreign intel services are able to burn thru the static. Anyone talk to the FSB lately?
Posted by: SteveS || 01/05/2020 11:53 Comments || Top||

#6  52 Pick-Up
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 12:14 Comments || Top||

#7  "The mention of cultural sites is unusual"

and should have been left out.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/05/2020 12:21 Comments || Top||

#8  Are factories that make "dual use" materiel Cherman "cultural sites?"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 12:23 Comments || Top||

#9  The Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan buddhas
ISIS destroyed Palmyra.

I'd rather not see the U.S. joining that group.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/05/2020 12:36 Comments || Top||

#10  Agree it was better it to say this but let's not clutch our pearls just yet.

Had Le Grand Orange Satan said Persian cultural sites, that clearly would have meant world heritage sites like Isfahan. That clearly was not the intent.

Trump is not a culture vulture. For him, a golf course and a gold-inlaid hotel suite bathroom count as a "cultural site."

Let's not get carried away here.
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 12:49 Comments || Top||

#11  ... & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, ..

The best threats are vague enough for the target to fill in the blanks for himself. Very much “Nice country ya got here — be a shame if anything happened to it.” Iran’s image of itself as a regional power goes back almost 2500 years — destroying he things that maintain that status, knocking them back to a mere country among others, would be important to their culture: nuclear bomb development, the big oil refinery, the Quds base, the IRGC base...
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 13:30 Comments || Top||

#12  I'm glad he brought back let it be known assasinations
Posted by: Chris || 01/05/2020 13:36 Comments || Top||

#13  @tw
ammunition for enemy propaganda and therefore not helpful.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/05/2020 14:24 Comments || Top||

#14 
"You want to do business with me ? I will do business with you." - Godfather III (1990)

How very... gangster. I like.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/05/2020 14:36 Comments || Top||

#15  I'd rather not see the U.S. joining that group.

Too late. See - Monte Cassino, not to exclude many old historic German cities. Been there, seen it, done it.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/05/2020 16:13 Comments || Top||

#16  Monte Cassino was not targeted for being a cultural site.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/05/2020 16:38 Comments || Top||

#17  Dresden? That's what some Germans claimed.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/05/2020 16:52 Comments || Top||

#18  The mention of cultural sites is unusual.

Are nuke sites now cultural? I can see the concern with the word choice, but, given the Muzzi history I hope they're not too attached to them.

The Japenese were attached to sites in Hiroshima and Nagasaki too.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/05/2020 17:18 Comments || Top||

#19  ammunition for enemy propaganda and therefore not helpful.

From a fact-based perspective, you are correct, sir. But we are dealing in the realm of Persuasion here.

Trump could have said our response to Iranian aggression will be considered, immediate, and proportional (Tit For Tat). That is a very diplomatic response. And everyone would have yawned. Instead, he played Think Past The Sale with a big dose of gangster thrown in.

Fifty two targets is a very specific number, not only for the symbolism, but it implies that he is beyond deciding what to do and already has the targets picked out. Now instead of wondering "will he/won't he?", people are talking about exactly what places he is going to whack. The man is good at this.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/05/2020 18:05 Comments || Top||

#20  I would think "52" also calls to mind the image of a card deck, with faces of (targeted) individuals on it.

Then again, the Ace of Spades has already been eliminated, so maybe 51 would have been more suggestive

Subliminable, y'might say
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 18:10 Comments || Top||

#21  Nixon tried to act the "madman" in 1969 and again in 1973, but he wasn't erratic at all, and no one was convinced.

Trump is believed by everyone to be erratic and borderline mad, but is in fact exceptionally cunning and a great judge of others' character and weakness.

Add to this a mastery of the medium of our era - Twitter - and you have the elements of a strategy that will keep the Iranians on the back foot.

In such a situation the only prudent course of action - ie the only one that results in their continued survival and hold on power and loot - for the Iranians will be to de-escalate.
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 18:18 Comments || Top||

#22  Fearless prediction: there won't be any sort of devastating, or even seriously damaging, response by the Iranians.

They will continue to make noise and do trivial, stupid things - maybe they'll hack the Paducah, Kentucky marriage database next, or scrawl some more graffiti on a US Embassy wall with an unflattering caricature of OrangeMan.
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 18:22 Comments || Top||

#23  Sorry, one more extremely revealing aspect of DJT's behavior here: Note how RESTRAINED his tweets were this time around.

After the strike, all he did was tweet... the US flag. Wordless, and yet it spoke volumes: "Don't even THINK about f---ing with the USA." No more words. It's not personal, there's nothing to talk about.
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 18:25 Comments || Top||

#24  I still consider the inclusion of cultural sites self defeating.

1) Nothing unites people more than threats like these.
2) Iran's leaders will realize it's a bluff but of course not call it. It works for them.
3) Public opinion matters. When even Boris Johnson calls for restraint...
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/05/2020 18:59 Comments || Top||

#25  Two of the world's major groups of malefactors - mullahs and dems - thrown off balance with one shot. Sun Tzu and Machiavelli both smile and bow...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 19:03 Comments || Top||

#26  #24 - I concur
Posted by: Frank G || 01/05/2020 19:19 Comments || Top||

#27  I WOULD, however say: We are no longer in the nation-building game. YOU CAUSE us to break it? Your problem. Let the populace figure that shit out, but I would hit the Ayatollah's/Mullah;s/IRGC assets take the first pounding, while draining their accounts electronically. Hilarity ensues
Posted by: Frank G || 01/05/2020 19:23 Comments || Top||

#28  No objection. Target the mullahs. They have something to lose.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/05/2020 19:44 Comments || Top||

#29  #23 point taken. That was a mistake.
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 19:45 Comments || Top||

#30  I still consider the inclusion of cultural sites self defeating.

That is because you are a reasonable, civilized person. You've probably never seized an embassy, held hostages or committed mass murder. Me, neither. But this message isn't aimed at you and me. It's a marketing campaign to convince the mullahs that Trump is a crazy sonofabitch who feels no restraint about pulling the trigger.

1) Nothing unites people more than threats like these.
They hate us already. Nothing will change that. Let them hate, as long as they fear (side note: about half of Iran seems fed up with the Islamic Revolution and wants the old Iran back. And before the Usual Suspects freak out, I'm not even hinting at nation-building.)

2) Iran's leaders will realize it's a bluff but of course not call it. It works for them.
Is it a bluff? We just drone-zapped one of their main guys at Baghdad International. Nobody believed that would happen, least of all Soleimani the zappee. Remember when Trump was dining with the Chinese PM and nipped out for a bit during the desert course to smoke that Syrian base over some chem weapons?

3) Public opinion matters. When even Boris Johnson calls for restraint...
Civilized people should be outraged. But the calls for restraint give the mullahs some room to back off and not look like wussies. It's not a bad thing.

That old Chinese guy said the highest level of skill is to win *before* you fight. If that means some harsh words and a little world outrage, it works for me.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/05/2020 20:16 Comments || Top||

#31  True blind hatred is totally irrational. Trying to out think thoughtlessness surely makes Buddha smile.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 20:24 Comments || Top||

#32  When someone can point to a single leftist who has ever been distraught about desecration of Christian cultural sites, call me. I'm over at the bar doing shots with Diogenes.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 20:30 Comments || Top||

#33  Remember when Trump was dining with the Chinese PM and nipped out for a bit during the desert course to smoke that Syrian base over some chem weapons?

Yes, indeed. Operation Dessert Storm
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 20:59 Comments || Top||

#34  Boris Johnson calls for restraint...
... calls for restraint give the mullahs some room to back off and not look like wussies. It's not a bad thing.


Good (blonde) Mop,
Bad (blonde) Mop
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 21:01 Comments || Top||

#35  The Taliban, ISIS, etc. have been blowing up other cultural sites for years with rarely a mention. Who cares if they get theirs blown up? At least it might give them pause next time.
Posted by: gorb || 01/05/2020 21:12 Comments || Top||

#36  Yes, indeed. Operation Dessert Storm

Heh. In my defense, the Syrian base *was* in the desert.

Our specialty today is Aircraft Revetment Alamo-ed
Posted by: SteveS || 01/05/2020 21:34 Comments || Top||

#37  Cut to the chase: make Mecca Macaque unvisitable for 29000 years and then sat "Let's talk..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 21:36 Comments || Top||

#38  Then say
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 21:37 Comments || Top||

#39  Our specialty today is Aircraft Revetment Alamo-ed

Steven S! You take your clever self upstairs to your room right this minute!!
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 21:47 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
‘Ask Donald Trump’: TMC mocks BJP’s factory-blast probe demand, Governor takes it seriously
[HindustanTimes] BJP MP from Barrackpore, Arjun Singh, has demanded NIA probe in Naihati illegal-factory blast, alleging it was a cover for manufacturing crude bombs that are often used during violence in the state. He even hinted at a possible terror link to the factory.

West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has called for an "intense expert probe" in Naihati illegal-factory blast that killed four people on Friday, following the BJP’s demand for an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), suspecting a possible terror link to the factory, which the party claimed, was illegally making "crude bombs" in the garb of firecrackers.

Dhankar tagged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in his tweet seeking "fixing of accountability", hours after the arrest of the factory-owner, Noor Hossain and before a visit to the blast site by the forensic experts.

"@MamataOfficial Several deaths in blasts at factory at Masjidpara, Naihati has pained and shocked me. Allegations that crude bombs were being made in illegal factory warrants intense expert probe. Accountability of all in the administration needs to be fixed promptly," Dhankhar tweeted on Saturday morning.

Reacting to the tweet, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Tapas Roy said, "They (Centre) may ask for anything, a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation as well. Let them go ahead if they can. We have no problem."

On Friday, BJP Lok Sabha
...After the Libyan Civil War, Sabha grew in importance as a slave auctioning town. However, an investigation by the National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) revealed that while there was illegal slavery, reports were exaggerated, as slave auctions were rare and not made public. This was a great comfort to everyone but the slaves peddled in secret. The city was later seized by forces loyal to the Libyan National Army (LNA) and its leader Khalifa Haftar in January 2019, probably for its collection of MiG-25 aircraft....
member from Barrackpore, Arjun Singh, had demanded a probe by the NIA, alleging that the factory was a cover for manufacturing crude bombs that are often used during violence in the state. He even hinted at a possible terror link to the factory.

"I visited the spot. There are several illegal factories in the area. These people actually manufacture crude bombs under the garb of making firecrackers. It is very likely that these units have terror links like the Khagragarh incident and needs to be probed by the NIA," said Singh.

Trinamool Congress minister and the party’s district unit president Jyotipriyo Mullick rubbished Singh’s claim and said, "He should rather ask US President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
to order a probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation."

On Saturday, Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo member Md Salim also accused the state government of shielding bomb makers. "People of Bengal live with insecurity," he said.

In October 2014, a kaboom in a house at Khagragarh in Burdwan town, about 100 km from Kolkata, exposed a network of Bangladeshi jihadi elements who were running an arms and explosives factory in the state.

The owner of the factory involved in the Friday blast was arrested from the Amdanga area in the same district.

Local people blocked a road on Saturday demanding a crackdown on all fireworks factories operating illegally in the area. The protest was called off after the top brass of the district police assured to look into the matter.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 00:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran Puts $80M Bounty on Trump's Head for Soleimani Hit
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/05/2020 13:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6598 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  "...on behalf of all of Iran’s people - 80 million Iranians - and each puts aside $1 US, it would equal $80 million. ...And we would give this $80 million, on our own behalf, as a gift"

How many Iranians even have $1 US they can spare now?
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 13:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Not so much an actual bounty but more like a GoFundMe page since it isn't the mullahs own money.

Hey, how much do you think Wagner Group would want to wax Tater? I'd throw in a fiver.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/05/2020 13:26 Comments || Top||

#3  I got 5 on that
Posted by: Chris || 01/05/2020 13:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Killing an American president is a lot harder than killing a general, any general. But a serious attempt would do much to increase his landslide re-election.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 13:37 Comments || Top||

#5  80 million is all they have left of the money Obama gave them.

Or:

80 million is 10 % of the money they made on oil since the killing.
Posted by: Penguin_of_the_Desert || 01/05/2020 13:43 Comments || Top||

#6  This is no laughing mater - Iran, and the rest of the Vermin, should be taught a lesson about asymmetry.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/05/2020 13:57 Comments || Top||

#7  You have a better chance of winning the lottery.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/05/2020 14:11 Comments || Top||

#8  This is no laughing mater

I'm still laughing my ass off.

But some cyber hits against Iran's banks, C2 networks, a few special team hits blowing up things spectacularly and some head hunting teams that support internal dissident groups with the occasional cruise and air strike.
All that would be fucking hysterical.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/05/2020 14:22 Comments || Top||

#9  It's time for the Iranian population to choose if they want a functional country or a criminal mobocracy, and go for regime change while the iron is hot.

There are honest attempts being made to bring about a change of perspective against the theocratic regime among intellectuals and civil society. This thuggish tribalism actually strengthens the internal democratic revolution brewing in Iran. People do not identify with Ayatollahs and uniformed thugs anymore. I am told people had to be threatened to show up for the funerals.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/05/2020 14:25 Comments || Top||

#10  #2 five spot from me to The Wagner Fund

Call it Operation Xerxes Meets Tannhauser
or, The [Wagnerian] Fat Lady Sings
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 15:38 Comments || Top||

#11  some cyber hits against Iran's banks, C2 networks, a few special team hits blowing up things spectacularly and some head hunting teams that support internal dissident groups with the occasional cruise and air strike.

All that would be fucking
hysterical.

A scream!
or several thousand...
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 15:40 Comments || Top||

#12  If they can validate the bounty, then every Iranian Mullah becomes a target. Weapons free.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/05/2020 16:10 Comments || Top||

#13  Sounds to me like a DNC money laundering scheme to get foreign "donations".

First "American" that gets involved should get the Brave Heart treatment on the White House lawn or at Mar a Lago.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/05/2020 16:42 Comments || Top||

#14  Maybe put a $80M bounty on their heads.
Posted by: gorb || 01/05/2020 17:54 Comments || Top||

#15  funneled through the energy company, Buris-mullah
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 18:07 Comments || Top||

#16  This is no laughing mater - Iran, and the rest of the Vermin, should be taught a lesson about asymmetry.

I wasn't laughing.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/05/2020 18:20 Comments || Top||

#17  dron,got it right. like usual
Posted by: Chris || 01/05/2020 18:33 Comments || Top||

#18  I don't care whether the Iranians rise up against the mullahs or not. None of our bidness.

Just don't f--- with us or our allies, and we won't f---with you.
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 18:34 Comments || Top||

#19  *cough* Yemen, Gaza, Leb, Iraq, Argentina, Syria, Tri-States, ....*cough*
Posted by: Frank G || 01/05/2020 19:28 Comments || Top||

#20  Gorb__ don't jack prices up. There are lots of people who would wax them for $1.98.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/05/2020 20:05 Comments || Top||

#21  Maybe we should charge them for the privilege?
Posted by: gorb || 01/05/2020 20:58 Comments || Top||

#22  The carnelian ring was worth about $1.98. Fair exchange.
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 21:03 Comments || Top||

#23  worth about $1.98

Whut? I'm hearing Ezra Klein bid $22. Wait til the Hollyweird crowd starts bidding...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 21:48 Comments || Top||

#24  Exceedingly bad move on the mad mullah's part.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 01/05/2020 22:02 Comments || Top||


Fear Hits Tehran Over What Might Come Next
[Yahoo] Their supreme leader promised Dire Revenge and thousands gathered in Tehran to watch American flags burn, but any show of defiance after the liquidation of their most prominent military man is laced with anguish for many Iranians.

In the capital, the strike that took out Al Quds commander Qassem Soleimani
capped a year that had already been dominated by turmoil and fear as the country’s finances crumbled, the authorities struggled to contain civil unrest, and provocation of the U.S. backfired.

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 06:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Act like a bully, cry when you get hit. Pathetic.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/05/2020 8:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Look to the skies for omens.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/05/2020 10:34 Comments || Top||

#3  ^^^ this
Posted by: Chris || 01/05/2020 10:58 Comments || Top||


Orange Man vows to target '52' sites if Iran retaliates for Soleimani death
[Politico] President Donald Trump on Saturday warned Iran that the U.S. has identified dozens of sites to be hit "very fast and very hard" if it retaliates for the killing of military leader Qassem Soleimani.

"Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader," Trump tweeted. "Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have ... targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!"

Trump did not disclose which specific targets the U.S. has identified for possible strikes, however, the president's indication the list included sites of cultural significance drew an immediate outcry on social media.

Trump has routinely lashed out at nations for endangering the security of the U.S., famously threatening "fire and fury" against North Korea if the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, continued testing nuclear weapons.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reacted to Soleimani’s death in a U.S. drone strike by vowing "harsh retaliation."

Earlier Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security released a National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin stating that "Iran and its partners, such as Hizballah, have demonstrated the intent and capability to conduct operations in the United States."

However, the bulletin added, "At this time we have no information indicating a specific, credible threat to the Homeland."

Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren respectively accused Trump of "incredibly dangerous and irresponsible" behavior and "threatening to commit war crimes."
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/05/2020 02:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  "At this time we have no information indicating a specific, credible threat to the Homeland."

Yeah, right. I'm sure the few FBI assets not involved with the domestic coup are busy 'watching' people. See - Fort Hood, Boston, et al
We'll all know afterwards as usual.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/05/2020 2:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Question is: can the Iranians grasp the idea of a POTUS whose word is good?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/05/2020 3:44 Comments || Top||

#3  DJT is living rent free inside the mullahs' heads as well as the dems' heads. Keep em off balance.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 7:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Ref #2: Question is: can the Iranians grasp the idea of a POTUS whose word is good?

The NORKS appear to be mulling this one as well.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/05/2020 7:55 Comments || Top||

#5  "threatening to commit war crimes."

Isn't that, like, you know...impeachable?
Posted by: Bobby || 01/05/2020 9:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Blow the dam and refinery.
Two targets.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/05/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||


#8  I absolutely LOVE the way OrangeMan is f---ing with their minds. Brilliant.

Reminds one of how Nixon f---ed with Soviets' minds during the 1973 mideast war
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 11:19 Comments || Top||

#9  It would be nice to be able to overfly them with an SR-71 right about now.
Posted by: gorb || 01/05/2020 21:05 Comments || Top||

#10  Supersonic. At low level.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/05/2020 21:20 Comments || Top||


Qasem Soleimani's body arrives in Iran, funeral proceedings begin
[Jpost] The body of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani
, who was killed in Iraq in a U.S. military strike, was returned to Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
on Sunday, the official IRIB news agency reported.

Soleimani's body was flown to the city of Ahvaz in southwest Iran.

IRIB posted a video clip of a casket wrapped in an Iranian flag being unloaded from a plane as a military band played.

Thousands of mourners dressed in black marched through Ahvaz, in live footage aired on state TV.

Soleimani, the architect of Tehran’s overseas clandestine and military operations as head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, was killed on Friday in a U.S. dronezap on his convoy at Baghdad airport.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 00:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  His remains? Meaning his beringed left hand in an Ayatollah Khomeini lunchbox?
Posted by: gorb || 01/05/2020 1:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't mess with Queens!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/05/2020 3:49 Comments || Top||

#3  A web search turns up a picture of a charred bloody corpse minus arms and legs. No way to know if it is him or one of his companions.
Posted by: Unavigum Shaiter1129 || 01/05/2020 8:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Soleimani's body was flown to the city of Ahvaz and Tehran and Qom..and....
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/05/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#5  There's a precedent: medieval relics.

Maybe the various body parts could be distributed across different mosques, depending on how much each contributes to the Mullahs' Suleimani Fund
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 15:54 Comments || Top||

#6  re: #4

Modern, more efficient version of Hung, Drawn, and quartered. Each piece should be displayed in a different city. The hand with the ring in DC.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/05/2020 17:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Zip lock bag funeral train
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 21:22 Comments || Top||


Iran general steps out of Soleimani's shadow to lead proxies
[Ynet] Esmail Ghaani, who 5 years ago admitted to supplying Gaza turbans with missiles, is now in charge of the Quds Force that will oversee whatever Dire Revenge Iran intends to seek against U.S.

A new Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
ian general has stepped out of the shadows to lead the country’s expeditionary Quds Force, becoming responsible for Tehran’s proxies across the Mideast as the Islamic Theocratic Republic threatens the U.S. with "harsh Dire Revenge" for killing its previous head, Qassem Soleimani
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Step up to the target line.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/05/2020 4:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Birthmarks? Tattoos? Conspicuous jewelry?
Posted by: Matt || 01/05/2020 8:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't think that bullet-proof vest is gonna help much, Ishmael...you don't mind if I call you Ishmael, do you?
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/05/2020 9:19 Comments || Top||



European allies ‘haven't been helpful' after killing of Iranian general: Pompeo
They might rejoice, but easier to let Uncle Sugar take the backlash. "Don't kill us!"
[NY Post] Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States' European allies were not as helpful as he was hoping following the US strike in Iraq on Thursday that killed Iran's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani.

"Frankly, the Europeans haven't been as helpful as I wished that they could be," Pompeo said in an interview late Friday on Fox News.

The Secretary of State tweeted comments about speaking with a wide range of foreign leaders in the past few days, including the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the United Arab Emirates' Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Pompeo tweeted that he thanked the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region of Iraq "for his steadfast partnership. We agreed on the need for continued, close cooperation."

His tweets about European allies hinted at a cool response.

"Countering the Iranian regime's malign activity is a shared priority with our European allies. Our resolve to protect our people & our interests is unwavering," Pompeo tweeted after his conversation with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

After speaking with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Pompeo commented, "Germany is also concerned over the Iranian regime's continued military provocations. The U.S. remains committed to de-escalation."

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who spoke with Pompeo on Friday, in a statement likewise urged "all parties to de-escalate."

Raab said the U.K. "recognized the aggressive threat" that Soleimani posed, but "further conflict is in none of our interests," the BBC reported.

Similarly, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted, "The escalation of tensions in the Middle-East isn't inevitable." He focused instead on supporting Iraq's sovereignty and security, "as well as the region's stability; the fight against [ISIS} terrorism."

Pompeo said European allies should remember that Soleimani led assassination campaigns in Europe along with in the Middle East.

"The Brits, the French, the Germans all need to understand that what we did, what the Americans did, saved lives in Europe as well," Pompeo said. "We're trying to get Iran to simply behave like a normal nation."
Posted by: Frank G || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6520 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  One, they're not allies. Just people we share some limited common interests. How are those work arounds going with Tehran?

Two, I suspect that a lot of intel is flowing between one or two ME capitals and DoD in setting up what's unfolding.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/05/2020 2:50 Comments || Top||

#2  With allies like this, who needs enemies?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/05/2020 5:10 Comments || Top||

#3  We need to pull our troops out of those countries. They obviously don't appreciate us trying to protect them. They can mount their own defense from now on.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 01/05/2020 7:57 Comments || Top||

#4  The three big Ospreys landing in formation in the 'Alamo' in Baghdad to unload troups was impressive by the way.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 01/05/2020 9:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Move Iraq- and Turkey-based troops & materiel to Kurdistan.
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 10:52 Comments || Top||

#6  Anyone heard from the Saudis? I suspect they're being quiet, but also suspect some of the information we're using comes from them.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/05/2020 12:05 Comments || Top||

#7  "Frenemy(s)" not "friends"...
Posted by: magpie || 01/05/2020 13:51 Comments || Top||

#8  The three Ospreys are high tech weed burners. From the pic at the embassy.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/05/2020 21:25 Comments || Top||



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